Fabio Paolo Barbieri (fpb) wrote,
Fabio Paolo Barbieri

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 (LSO/Horenstein)

This live 1958 performance of Mahler's Eighth by Jascha Horenstein and an army of musicians and choristers mustered by the BBC is probably the greatest Mahler performance on record. But the reason I am posting it is that, staggeringly, not only had Horenstein himself never performed it before, none of the musicians apparently knew it at all! The BBC only staged it because the third channel needed to spend a lot of money in a hurry to avoid having coming budgets cut. (Ah, bureaucracy!) And come the day, they performed like an erupting volcano,and burned the name of Mahler into the memory of the English public.

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